Concentration: Management Information Systems and Human Resources
Kiran Dhinsa’s Beedie School of Business experience has encapsulated a diverse set of roles, from executive positions in Young Women in Business to the Canada Border Services Agency – and even supplying healthy snacks to the SFU community.
Kiran has held a number of positions in the SFU chapter of Young Women in Business (YWIB), a non-profit society for emerging female leaders in Western Canada that facilitates networking for ambitious young women from a variety of careers, industries, and backgrounds.
She first became involved with YWIB through Project GIVE, a social entrepreneurship program in YWIB that allows participants to develop ideas and business plans for social change while working alongside mentors from leading non-profit organizations.
Kiran then took on the role of vice president of social entrepreneurship for the chapter, giving her the chance to work with a number of local social enterprises catering to Vancouver's downtown eastside community, before finally working as vice president of corporate relations, where she focused on building and maintaining community relationships between the chapter and external organizations.
“Working for Young Women in Business developed me into a much more confident and articulate person,” says Kiran. “The organization has given me a platform to share my experiences with other emerging female leaders, as well as broaden my network by engaging with chapters outside of SFU. It opened doors to a world of opportunities for me.”
Kiran next utilized the diverse entrepreneurship skills taught at the Beedie School of Business by founding a business delivering healthy fruit cups across the SFU campus. Along with her group members, Kiran formed the Fruit Dealers as part of a project in Beedie lecturer Adam Mills’ Business Strategy class that required students to start their own business. The fruit cups proved so popular that the team members continued running the business even after the project had ended.
The Fruit Dealers were not Kiran’s only work experience while studying at the Beedie School of Business, however. The last three years have seen her employed first in an immigration role and subsequently intelligence at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
“Working for the CBSA has been an amazing experience, one that has been very empowering. I have learned a lot about different cultures, and the training received and the responsibility required of me have developed a lot of professional skills I have been building at the Beedie School of Business.”
The opportunity to share the story of her Beedie experience with others compelled Kiran to become a member of the first cohort of Beedie Ambassadors, a group of undergraduates who provide both younger students and the surrounding community with an insight into life at the Beedie School of Business.
“My own experience at the Beedie School of Business has been so amazing that it spurred me on to becoming a Beedie Ambassador,” says Kiran. “I wanted to show newer students that it’s not only about studying, but about getting involved in class and talking to the professors and the community. These people will help you down the road. That’s something I value, and I wanted to show others the great system the Beedie School of Business has in place to develop future leaders and entrepreneurs.”
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